Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies

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Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies
Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies
Revised RomanizationPyeongyang Oegugeo Daehak
McCune–ReischauerPyŏngyang Oegugŏ Taehak

The Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies is a five-year university in Pyongyang, North Korea, specializing in language education.


The university was split off from Kim Il-sung University in 1964.[1] North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency gives its foundation date as 1949.[2] It does not have as high a reputation as those of Kim Il-sung University's foreign languages division, which trains members of the political elite; most graduates go on to become working-level diplomats or work in the intelligence service.[3]


The university has separate colleges for students of English, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese; the so-called "Ethnic Languages College" offers instruction in a further 18 languages, including French, Spanish, Arabic, Thai, Urdu, Khmer, and, as of July 2007, Polish and Italian.[4]

In total, 22 languages are taught at PUFS:

Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Hungarian, Arabic, Malay, Khmer, Thai, Lao, Persian, Hindi, Urdu, English, German, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish.[5]

Notable students, faculty, and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yi, Jae-seung (2007-07-23). 과학기술중시정책 영향... 외국어 배우기 열풍, 2개 국어 회화 필수 (in Korean). Minjog21.
  2. ^ "Pyongyang Univ. of Foreign Studies". Korean Central News Agency. 2009-11-24. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  3. ^ Bowers, Andy (2006-10-10). "North Korea's Confusing Brand of English". National Public Radio.
  4. ^ 北평양외대, 폴란드.이태리어科 신설 [Pyongyang Foreign Languages University establishes Polish, Italian courses] (in Korean). JoongAng Ilbo. 2007-07-05. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Minjong21 (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2014-12-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Curtin, J. Sean (2004-06-05). "The strange saga of Charles Robert Jenkins". Asia Times Online. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2007-07-20.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ Produced by Robert G. Anderson and Casey Morgan; reported by Bob Simon (2007-07-28). "An American in North Korea". 60 Minutes. CBS Television.
  8. ^ North Korea Handbook. M.E. Sharpe. 2002. pp. 186–187. ISBN 978-0-7656-3523-5.
  • Danahar, Paul. "Meeting North Korea's 'Generation Next'" BBC News. BBC, 13 Feb. 2010. Web. 12 Apr. 2014.

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Coordinates: 39°3′55″N 125°46′4″E / 39.06528°N 125.76778°E / 39.06528; 125.76778